Confused by councillor's bus stand somments

WE were confused by a recent comment by Cllr Mike Greene, Camden Council s environment spokesman, which suggested that redesigning the bus stand for route 271 in Highgate s Pond Square was our proposal (Redesign plans for 271 bus stand, H&H November 23).

WE were confused by a recent comment by Cllr Mike Greene, Camden Council's environment spokesman, which suggested that redesigning the bus stand for route 271 in Highgate's Pond Square was our proposal (Redesign plans for 271 bus stand, H&H November 23).

Camden Council proposed extending the pavement outside the cafes on Pond Square by about four metres and Transport for London supported the idea.

The boroughs also have a duty to consider the accessibility of the transport network. At the moment, passengers with mobility problems cannot board or get off buses in Highgate Village and the introduction of a second bus stop in the square would allow buses to pull up close enough to the pavement to use wheelchair ramps and 'kneeling' equipment.

The idea of extending route 271 is not realistic. Route 271 is already a long route, running from Moorgate/Liverpool Street Station to Highgate Village, where it terminates at Pond Square.

Extending the route would be extremely expensive, a duplication of existing services and could result in decreased reliability along the whole route, meaning passengers would suffer delays.

Christina Smith

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Transport for London